According to MTV, actress Julia Stiles and SCREAM series star Liev Schreiber have officially signed on to star in OMEN 666, Fox’s remake of the 1976 classic THE OMEN.
The duo will portray the roles originated by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick: the parents of the child Damien, who come to discover that he is the spawn of Satan. While Dan McDermott has been tapped to pen the redux, to be directed by John (FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX) Moore, Schreiber reveals, “They’re using the original [film’s] David Seltzer script, and they’re just updating it.
“As we look at Hurricane Katrina and all of these sort of catastrophic events that have occurred in the past five or six years,” the actor continues, “they’re kind of trying to use all of those events to suggest that this is a sign of things to come. And they feel that now, in 2005—or eventually in 2006—it’s almost more appropriate that we would find the coming of the son of Lucifer.”
As far as the role of Damien himself is concerned, a couple of names have been bandied about the web as filling the role, but a casting notice sent over by a Fango reader reveals that the hunt is ongoing. Fox has been holding auditions for potential Damiens over the last couple of weeks, seeking “a quiet kid with disturbing intensity.” Schrieber comments, “If we do find the kid who is the right one, it will probably be tough working with him!” OMEN 666 begins shooting in October in Prague, for release on 6/6/06.